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Great Sober Music Offers Powerful Inspiration

Great Sober Music Offers Powerful Inspiration

Posted on February 21st, 2015

Many famous musicians are all too familiar with addiction and, as a result, many songs explicitly and implicitly reference drugs. When you’re in recovery, you can often feel like everything around you carries reminders of your substance of choice, and not-so-subtle lyrics in your favorite songs don’t exactly help. However, there are many musicians who release excellent music while completely and utterly sober, even after battling addictions throughout their careers. Not only are their stories inspirations to anybody in recovery, the lyrics may strike a chord with you, and at very least the bands offer something to listen to that doesn’t glorify drug use. The Fix collected great recovery songs in the past, but now has a regular feature showcasing great sober artists.

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Researchers Doubt Many Wealthier Teens Need ADHD Medication

Researchers Doubt Many Wealthier Teens Need ADHD Medication

Posted on February 19th, 2015

A new study published in the American Sociological Review finds that teenagers from higher income families are more likely to take medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder only during the school year. In addition, this study found that students in states with higher academic accountability standards were more likely to take stimulants, again only during the school year, leading researchers to question whether the youths truly suffer from ADHD or are simply looking for improved academic performance.

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Cops, Cost, Carnage Deter Teens From Driving Drunk

Cops, Cost, Carnage Deter Teens From Driving Drunk

Posted on February 17th, 2015

There are many dangers and risks associated with underage drinking, but drunk driving is one of the worst. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-quarter of teens admit to having gotten into a car with a drunk driver within the previous month. Eight percent of teens say that they drove after drinking in the past month. In 2010, nearly one-quarter of the teenaged drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. If we can prevent teens from drinking and driving, many lives could be saved. But what works?

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Beginning a Journey of Recovery From Codependency

Beginning a Journey of Recovery From Codependency

Posted on February 8th, 2015

When you’re in a relationship with an active addict, you live in a world filled with unpredictability, hurt, fear and sadness. At times it may seem like the addict is ruining your life, yet you can’t seem to leave or to stop hoping things will get better. You may believe with all your heart that if only she would get sober, everything would be OK.

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All Substance Abusers Benefit From AA, Study Finds

All Substance Abusers Benefit From AA, Study Finds

Posted on February 3rd, 2015

People affected by drug or medication addiction may be able to gain important help from participation in Narcotics Anonymous, a 12-step, mutual help program that focuses on drug/medication-related issues. However, not all people have ready access to this program in their area. In a study published in October 2014 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, researchers from Harvard University-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital sought to determine if people who would normally seek out participation in Narcotics Anonymous benefit sufficiently from participation in Alcoholics Anonymous, another 12-step program geared toward dealing with alcohol-related issues.

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Stay Out of Your Loved One’s Recovery

Stay Out of Your Loved One’s Recovery

Posted on January 31st, 2015

When you love an addict or alcoholic, you have probably watched him or her deteriorate in front of your eyes into a shell of a person. He went downhill, slowly at first, and then more rapidly until he gradually became a shadow of his former self. As you witnessed what drugs or alcohol did to your loved one, you have probably felt a wide range of emotions, from fearfulness to helplessness to anger.

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Marijuana Changes the Brain—and Not for the Better

Marijuana Changes the Brain—and Not for the Better

Posted on January 29th, 2015

Like any other intoxicating chemical, the active ingredient in marijuana (THC) can affect biological functioning in a complex and multi-varied way. In fact, a new study on the effects of marijuana on the brain published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that long-term marijuana smokers suffer a noticeable reduction in brain grey matter. In short, marijuana changes the brain, and not for the better.

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Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone? Watch For These 15 Signs

Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone? Watch For These 15 Signs

Posted on January 22nd, 2015

Smartphones are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of daily life, but how do we draw the distinction between ordinary use and addiction? Dr. David Greenfield, an expert in technology and Internet addictions, suggests that as many as 90 percent of Americans overuse, abuse or misuse their smartphones, and he has developed a diagnostic quiz to help people determine if they fall into this category. The rates of full-fledged addiction are likely much lower, but are you at risk of becoming addicted to your smartphone?

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Self-Centeredness vs. Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

Self-Centeredness vs. Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

Posted on January 20th, 2015

In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it states that alcoholism is a disease of self-centeredness. This can also be said of addiction to any substance or any unhealthy behavior, such as gambling or sex addiction. While you were actively addicted, your need to drink or drug trumped any other need or it definitely came before the needs of those around you. You probably had no qualms about stealing money from those you love or lying to them about where you were going. The most — and probably only — important thing in your life was you and your all-consuming need for your drug of choice. Self-care in addiction recovery is key to becoming comfortable in sobriety.

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Using Phrases Like ‘Rock Bottom’ Is Easy; Living With Them Is Hard

Using Phrases Like ‘Rock Bottom’ Is Easy; Living With Them Is Hard

Posted on January 18th, 2015

One of the most widely repeated pieces of advice on dealing with addiction in a loved one is that “tough love” is the best approach. He or she has to hit “rock bottom,” you’re told, and when that happens, there will be a tremendous transformation. The son or daughter who once wanted nothing but to abuse substances will suddenly realize the error of his or her ways and commit to getting clean. This is the advice Diannee Carden Glenn was given by her son’s therapist, but in an article for The Fix, she points out that the reality of this advice is far from pleasant.

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